RAMOS URGES TEAMMATES TO KEEP CALM AFTER VALENCIA UPSET

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos wants his teammates to remain calm after the LaLiga leaders passed up the opportunity to tighten their grip on the title race.

Madrid remain a point ahead of Barcelona at the summit and still have one game in hand on their rivals, who face a tricky trip to Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

Ramos told the club website: “Whenever you lose, it’s always very easy to draw conclusions, but we’ve got to remain calm because we’ve given a good account of ourselves [at Valencia].

“Defeat hurts because this was a key opportunity to have extended our advantage at the top, but we’ve got to move on and think about our next game. The Liga season is a very long one.

“It was a really intense game and we would have liked to have put some points on the board because this was our wild card and a chance to have increased the gap on our rivals.

“Ultimately, two mistakes at the start have ended up costing us the game. We came out looking to put in the sort of the performance we needed to, applying the high press and they’ve gone and punished us on two chances.”

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